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Weekday lunch in Woodley Park/Cleveland Park

Looking for a white tablecloth restaurant in these neighborhoods for a weekday lunch. Suggestions most welcome.

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  1. Ardeo or Nam Viet in Cleveland Park. I'd go with Nam Viet.

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    Nam Viet Restaurant
    3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

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    1. re: flavrmeistr

      Second Nam Viet.

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      Nam Viet Restaurant
      3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

      1. re: flavrmeistr

        Love Nam Viet but don't know if I'd call is white tablecloth, but not hole in the wall either. Ardeo would be good if they serve lunch as well as Ripple.

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        Nam Viet Restaurant
        3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

      2. I would recommend Lebanese Taverna in Woodley Park. Definitely a bit more upscale than Nam Viet, which I find only so-so.
        I also like Indique, which is an upscale Indian place in Cleveland Park.

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        Nam Viet Restaurant
        3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

        Indique
        3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

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        1. re: hamster

          Lebanese Taverna may be more upscale (expensive), but the food was a gloppy mess the last time I ate there. Not a fan, personally.

          1. re: flavrmeistr

            Different strokes! Nam Viet is not my cup of tea, and Vietnamese is probably my favorite cuisine.
            Last time I went to Lebanese Taverna was a few years ago, so it's possible it has slipped.

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            Nam Viet Restaurant
            3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

            1. re: hamster

              FWIW, the CP outpost of Nam Viet is generally considered a little sub-par to the Clarendon location - and this includes myself. However, it wasn't ever so off the mark that I wouldn't go to it.

              And as many here know, I'm a broken record about the sweet spicy and sour salmon soup, and then the curried squid dish - which is like no other curry dish I've had anywhere else (can you guess the secret ingredient?).

              My wife and I forced ourselves from these stalwarts on the menu a few times to finally try other things and never found anything disappointing. Most of what we ventured to were beef dishes, but those forays were also a while ago.

              Now I might have to stop by there soon!

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              Nam Viet Restaurant
              3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

              1. re: Dennis S

                I like their softshell crab treatments, which should be in full glory about this time. Big, heavy crabs in chili-basil sauce. Oh yeah.

              2. re: hamster

                I've been to Vietnam and Nam Viet does a good job for Southern Vietnamese cuisine, especially for DC proper.

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                Nam Viet Restaurant
                3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

              3. re: flavrmeistr

                I agree. I've never been a huge fan of Lebanese Taverna. If I'm going to go for Lebanese food I would go a little further up the street to Mama Ayesha's.

            2. Petits Plats, a french bistro in Woodley Park. I know they have tablecloths, not sure if they are white....

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              Petits Plats
              2653 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

              1. In Cleveland Park I would go to Ardeo.

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                1. re: Elyssa

                  I went to the Ardeo website and I could only find a dinner menu and a Sunday brunch menu. Are you sure it serves lunch on weekdays?

                  1. re: Arabella09

                    I guess not. In that case I recommend Petit Plats or Mama Ayesha's.

                2. A little further up is Acacia Bistro. They have had pretty good reviews and it would count as a white tablecloth place.

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                  Acacia Bistro
                  4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                  1. re: DCDeb

                    Acacia Bistro is a good suggestion. I read Tom Sietsema's review, and he liked several things on the menu and warned against others.

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                    Acacia Bistro
                    4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008